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Simple Paper Daisy
Jul 19th, 2010 by Craftylocks

A flower theme is perfect for paper crafts. This flower is easy and speedy to make, not just for children, but crafters of any age.

The technique used for this daisy is easy to adapt for other flowers. Start with a circle and draw a face in the center.

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Cut lines from the outside to the face edge.

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Fold every second ‘petal’ to the back of the flower. If like I did, you end up with the wrong amount of ‘petals’, you will need to cut another line in to create another ‘petal’ and then fold them back.

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Pinch all the folded back ‘petals’ together and wrap a pipe cleaner around them to hold them together and to create the stalk.

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A perfect wee paper craft daisy.

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Summer Paper Crafts for Children
Jun 28th, 2010 by Craftylocks

Celebrate the sunshine with these easy and speedy paper crafts for children.

Paper Cup Case Flowers
Paper cup cases are not just great for making cup cakes,they make gorgeous flowers too!
Red Paper Hand Shape Lilies
Find out how to make these very elegant flowers at the Tutorial – Paper Hand Lily
Paper Plate Sunflower
What summer crafts list for children would be complete without a sunflower?!
rolled paper flowers Rolled Paper Flowers
I think these would make gorgeous decorations, and they are simple to make!
Shapes Flower Picture
A simple technique for creating cool looking flowers for pictures or cards.
Cup Cake Cases Bunch of Flowers
Another way to make craft some flowers from paper cup cake cases.
Toilet Roll Butterfly
Bring a bit of wildlife inside with this fluttery butterfly.
Crepe Paper Dragonflies
Another summer critter to quickly craft out of crepe paper.
Stand Up Lizard
These lazy lizards will bask in your admiration once you have crafted them out of paper.
Textured Paint Ice-creams
Yum – these look good enough to eat!
Mirror Picture Butterfly
Summer is the time for butterflies, and the time for butterfly paper crafts for children.
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Crepe Paper Dragonflies
Jun 27th, 2010 by Craftylocks

crepe-paper_dragonfliesCrepe paper comes in fabulous colors, and so do these dragonflies.

Crepe paper is such a great material for paper crafts for children. It is bright, cheap and the way it is folded can be really useful! We needed something bright today as it has rained all day.

Process
1. Cut a strip off the end of a roll of crepe paper as pictured here.
2. Squeeze the middle of the crepe paper in a little and wrap the end of a chenille stick around the middle of the crepe paper.
3. Cut the sides of the crepe paper in the center to divide the ‘wings’.
4. You can leave the folds in the crepe paper joined, or you can cut them to release the layers. I have left the pink dragonfly with joined wings and cut the folds in the other two.
5. Fold and twist the chenille stick to make the dragonfly body and antennae.
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If you want to put your dragonflies to work decorating anything that sits still for a brief moment, then glue some mini pegs to the back and then see what you can find to peg them to!

crepe-dragonflies-clips We found a curtain, …
crepe-dragonfly-brooch … a shirt, …
crepe-dragonflies-hair … and some hair!
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Stand Up Lizards
Jun 22nd, 2010 by Craftylocks

stand-up_lizards6This technique for making a 3-dimensional paper critter is nice and easy and could be used with all sorts of paper crafts for children.

After a day of crafting up all sorts of child suitable crafts without a child in sight, this is the one that my daughter wanted to know how to do straight away.

I love the lizard shape and it is perfect for this craft – well except that it would be a little fiddly to cut out for small children. I suggest a simpler shape for them or for grown up hands to do the scissor work. I also cut out a zig -zag from for my lovely lizards.
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To decorate the lizards in what I thought a very lizardy pattern, I flicked paint onto them using an old toothbrush.
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Can you see the lizards hiding in the paint splodges?
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Once the paint was well and truly dry I created the creases to turn them into standing up lizards. The basic step to create a 3-dimensional critter is to draw a firm line with a pen, on the reverse of the shape, where the fold will be. Then gently crease along the fold, making it as steep or as small as you want.
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I glued their little feet onto the paper, but you could also glue them onto rock to display them.
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Textured Paint Ice-creams
Jun 21st, 2010 by Craftylocks

Scoop up some paint and some paper and create these ice-creams that look so good that the children may want to eat them.

I had a day of creating all sorts of paper crafts for children without a child around. Our previous paper craft adventure, the super-sized car, used a lot of crafting time so I was running low on completed crafty ideas to post.  It was interesting discussing the projects with the children later and finding out what they wanted to try. My daughter was intrigued by the cones on these ice-creams and wanted to know how to make them – so that is on the list for us to try together. She also thought some 3D lizards were very cool and I had to show her how to make them then and there!!

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I used two different techniques to create these ice-cream pictures. For the cone I painted the cone shape and then flipped the brush and used the pointy end of the brush to scratch the details on.


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Then I searched through our food and art cupboards looking for ‘bits’ to add to the paint to recreate some of our favorite ice-cream and create some new ones. I stirred in some dessicated coconut and rolled oats for some of them. I also used the dessicated coconut as a sprinkle. On others I added an sprinkles of an essential paper crafts ingredient – glitter! An essential for me is ‘chocolate chips’ so I created them from little bits of card. Another I swirled some red paint through the white paint – mmmm, that looks delicious. But I think the one that will taste the best is the one with the hot chocolate dusted over it – YUM!! No prizes for guessing what we had for desert.

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This picture is of the painted ice-cream cones when the paint had dried. If you want your final piece to keep the gloss and texture of the wet paint, you need to use good quality acrylic paints or add a thickener like white glue or impasto gel.

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Mirror Picture Butterfly
Jun 9th, 2010 by Craftylocks

This technique for decorating paper is just asking to be used in children’s butterfly crafts.

mirror-paint2Without even trying, the mirror pictures look like beautiful colorful butterflies. To make the mirror picture you need to squash some paint in the middle of a folded piece of paper as illustrated in Mirror Pictures Tutorial. This picture is of our art work when we had just opened the folded paper and revealed our mirror picture – the paint is still all wet!

We decided to make a variation of our Toilet Paper Roll Butterfly, so we decorated a toilet paper roll with dabs of paint in the same colors as used on the mirror picture.
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When everything was dry we glued them together and attached some chenille stick feelers. Our butterfly is now ready to fly through the air.
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